Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

You Can Now Download It!


19th February 2005

Originally uploaded by Paul Watson

A number of people have asked me to post my latest paper: Equippers as Environmentalists: Re-Imagining Leadership in a New Era on a pdf file, for easier reading. I wanted to inform you that it is now in My Writings section, with other papers I have written, as well as a short book.

While the Equippers as Environmentalist is probably my favorite paper that I have written, I think you might enjoy a number of them, including:

  • Is Conversion a Four-Letter Word?
  • The Medium and the Mission
  • St. Francis of Assisi: An Example for Our Times
  • A Missional Proposal for Kairos Hollywood


2 Responses to You Can Now Download It!

  1. Josh Rowley says:

    J.R.–

    The title “Is Conversion a Four-Letter Word?” caught my attention (probably because the word in question sometimes makes me itchy), and I took the time to read your paper. Much of it resonated with me, in particular your appreciative use of the work of Newbigin and the work of Hauerwas, as well as your descriptions of persons for whom “conversion” tends to be heard negatively. Your move away from the notion of objective truth as a thing that is possessed by certain people and toward stories as means through which truth is experienced (and that are evaluated by the fruit they produce) seems to me to make missiological sense in our postmodern context.

    I recommend Darrell Guder’s THE CONTINUING CONVERSION OF THE CHURCH as a resource for fleshing-out a missional understanding of conversion. Guder enlarges typical understandings of this term (as well as the word “evangelism”). “We need to free our language and our thinking,” he writes, “from the idea that evangelistic ministry is only directed to nonbelievers. The New Testament is…addressed to believers from beginning to end, and it evangelizes at every turning. Evangelizing churches are churches that are being evangelized” (p. 26).

    We are all in need of continuing evangelization. We are all in need of continuing conversion. We are all on a journey.

  2. jrwoodward says:

    Josh,

    I’m glad that the title caught your attention, and that you took the time to read the paper. Thanks for your comments and encouragement.

    I have read Guder’s book and agree that conversion is something we all need to some degree or another. In fact, if you go to the section “My Talks”, you would probably really enjoy the talk entilted “Two Way Conversion.” The title hints at the topic. If you get the chance to listen to it, please give me some feedback. Peace.

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